Senior forward Kevin Young scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the No. 9/9 Kansas men’s basketball team to a 90-54 win over Colorado Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas (7-1) chalked up 90 points for the first time this season in the Jayhawks’ first meeting with Colorado (7-2) since the Buffaloes moved to the Pac-12 in 2011. The Jayhawks’ 36-point win marked the second time KU has outscored a Pac-12 opponent by more than 30 points this season.
Kansas redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore led all scorers with 24 points as four Jayhawks scored in double figures for the third-straight game. Along with Young’s 16 points, his highest scoring output as a Jayhawk, senior guards Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford added 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
KU shot over 50 percent from the floor for the second-straight game as the Jayhawks were 34-of-62 for 55 percent from the floor. Kansas also dominated the paint, scoring 46 points to Colorado’s 26 in the lane.
The Jayhawks came out firing early using full court pressure to jump out to a 10-1 lead just 2:06 into the game. By the second media timeout, Kansas had pushed its advantage to 25-8 and had forced seven Colorado turnovers that led to 13 KU points. Colorado was able to close the Kansas lead to 29-18 with just over seven minutes to play in the half, but the Jayhawks responded with a 9-0 run over the next 2:39 to push the lead to 20 and force a Colorado timeout with four minutes remaining in the period.
The first half belonged to McLemore, who scored 17 points in the half while going 8-of-9 from the free throw line. The St. Louis native also added 4 boards and 2 steals in 18 minutes.
As a team the Jayhawks shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field in the first half and 82 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line. Kansas forced 12 Buffalo turnovers leading to 22 points while only committing two turnovers of its own, the fewest for the Jayhawks in a half this season.
Leading 43-22 at the half, the Jayhawks scored the first nine points of the second period to push their lead to 52-22 before Colorado’s Askia Booker was able to turn a steal from McLemore into a fast break layup to end the Buffalo scoring drought.
Young led the way for Kansas in the second period scoring all eight of his second half points in the first seven and a half minutes of the frame.
The Jayhawks continued the defensive pressure, forcing six more turnovers as the KU lead hovered near 40 points for much of the half.
The Buffaloes were led by Josh Scott who scored 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Askia Booker added 15 points and four rebounds. Kansas was able to neutralize Colorado’s André Roberson who came into the game averaging a double-double as the junior scored just eight points while pulling down 11 boards.
No. 9/9 Kansas will welcome Belmont to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
NO. 9/9 KANSAS 90, RV/RV COLORADO 54
Dec. 8, 2012
KU STARTERS (Season/Career Starts): C Jeff Withey (8/48), G Elijah Johnson (8/54), G Ben McLemore (8/8), F Travis Releford (8/50), F Kevin Young (5/5)
SERIES INFO: Kansas leads 123-39
· Made Kansas 7-1 on the season, giving the team a 7-1 or better start for the fifth time in the last six seasons
· Extended the Jayhawks’ home win streak to 26, which is the second-longest among Division I teams (Syracuse, 27)
· Makes the all-time series between the schools 123-39 in favor of KU and the Jayhawks 19th-straight win against Colorado
· Handed KU a 53-5 record against Colorado in Allen Fieldhouse
· Gives KU its 11th-straight win against Pac-12 competition
· Makes KU 16-4 versus the Pac-12 in the Bill Self era
· Moved Coach Self to 276-54 at Kansas and 483-159 overall
· Made KU 2,077-807 all-time
· KU scored seven points in the first 65 seconds of the game, thanks to a three-pointer from RS freshman G Ben McLemore and a layup from RS senior G Travis Releford within nine seconds of each other.
· Kansas shot 78 percent through the first five minutes (7-for-9). The Jayhawks would climb to as high as 82 percent (9-for-11), powering an 18-3 run in the opening five minutes.
· The Jayhawks hit 90 points for the first since defeating Baylor, 92-74, last season (1/16/12).
· KU shot 60 percent from the field in the second half (18-for-30), marking the third time this year that the Jayhawks shot over 60 percent in a half. The Jayhawks shot 64 percent in the first half versus Washington State and 62 percent against Oregon State in the first half.
· The Jayhawks set a new season high in field goals made with 34 (34-for-62).
· Having never trailed in five-straight games, Kansas has held a lead for its last 203 minutes, 51 seconds, going back to the 13:51 mark of the second half against Chattanooga (Nov. 15).
· During KU’s 25-8 run to start the game, the Jayhawks caused seven Buffalo turnovers while committing none in that span. Kansas converted that into a 13-0 points off turnover advantage by the 11:49 mark. The Jayhawks finished with a 26-17 edge in that category.
· Kansas did not commit its first turnover until the 7:27 mark, after Colorado already had eight. The Jayhawks turned the ball over twice in the first half – the fewest since recording zero turnovers in the second half against Towson (11/11/11).
· KU opened the second half on a 9-0 run and did not allow Colorado to score until the 16:21 mark.
· A jump shot from RS Freshman F Jamari Traylor gave Kansas a 74-34 lead, marking the second opponent to face a 40 or more point deficit this season (Washington State, 11/19).
· Kansas has had four players with double-digit points for three-straight games, a stretch KU hasn’t put together since the 2010-11 season (Games 23-25: at Nebraska, 2/5/11, vs. Missouri, 2/7/11, vs. Iowa State, 2/12/11)
· KU held Colorado to a season-low 54 points and 37 percent shooting (20-for-54).
· Senior F Kevin Young recorded back-to-back double-digit scoring performances for the first time at Kansas (16 vs. Colorado, 10 vs. Oregon State). His 16 points were a KU career-high (actual career-high, 27 points with Loyola Marymount).
· RS Freshman G Ben McLemore needed less than nine minutes (8:45) to reach the double-figure mark, when his pair of free throws at the 11:15 mark in the first half gave him 10 points. He finished with 24 points, leaving him a point shy of his career high.
· McLemore had 17 points by the end of the first half – Colorado had 22 total points in the opening frame.
· McLemore and Young answered a 5-0 run from Colorado (that cut the lead to 29-18) with a 9-0 rally of their own – stretching KU’s lead to 38-18, its first 20-point lead of the game. After the first media timeout – Colorado never got closer than 11 for the remainder of the game.
· Senior G Elijah Johnson passed former Jayhawk Paul Pierce (108) for 19th all-time for three-point field goals made. Johnson now has 110 or his career. His 312 career three-point attempts passed former Jayhawk Aaron Miles (307) for 17th all-time.
· Senior C Jeff Withey rejected five shots, giving him 45 for the season – more than doubling the Big 12’s second-place shot blocker (Cory Jefferson, Baylor; Cameron Ridley, Texas - tied, 21).
· Senior G Travis Releford tied his career-high with six assists.
· Releford’s 5-for-8 shooting performance pushes him to 70.5 shooting percentage (31-for-44) for a total of 83 points in his last five games.
· Freshman F Perry Ellis recorded his first block of the game at the 11:22 mark, snapping a three-game streak without one.
· Freshman G Tyler Self made his first appearance in Allen Fieldhouse at the 1:44 mark. His layup with two seconds remaining were his first as a Jayhawk – and gave KU 34 made field goals to set a new season high for field goals in a game.
· Withey now has 210 career block shots. He needs eight more to tie former Jayhawk Scot Pollard (218) for fifth all-time at Kansas.
· RS Freshman F Jamari Traylor recorded a block against the Buffaloes, giving him at least one in seven of eight games this season. He also became just the second Jayhawk to foul out of a game this season (Elijah Johnson vs. Southeast Missouri State, 11/9).